Focus on migraines misses the more important story

By Ken Feltman

Politico asked me whether Rep. Michele Bachmann’s migraines could be her downfall. Bachmann moved quickly to limit damage from the migraines story. She is on notice now that her every mood will be watched for signs of a migraine.

What her supporters will be watching is whether people see continued analysis of Bachmann’s migraines as akin to past concerns about whether a woman’s monthly cycle was disqualifying. The incident is another reminded that women are held to different and tougher standards. Men have run for president – even won – with more debilitating problems.

This is another step in a journey that we must try to complete, although we realize that it may never be complete. My grandmother took her steps when she marched for womens’ suffrage and, once, was taken off to jail. She did not mind being jailed. She minded that she could not be released except into her husband’s custody.

My grandfather minded, too, that his wife had been subjected to that one last indignity. He marched with her the next time, challenging the police to arrest them both, shouting, “What will you do? Will you release us into our daughters’ custody?”

Meantime, while they probed Bachmann’s medical records, reporters miss the real stories:

1. The pro-Obama media pursued this story because they are increasingly nervous that Bachmann may be for real, a possible threat to President Obama.

2. The story was leaked by former Bachmann staff members. Assessing Bachmann when she announced her candidacy, I mentioned that she has a history of heavy staff turnover – never a good sign for a candidate. That is the real story. That is Bachmann’s real weakness.

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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5 Responses to Focus on migraines misses the more important story

  1. Mason says:

    Hmmmm. Headaches and disgruntelled ex-employees. We’ll be hearing more soon! LOL

  2. Mocko says:

    I think migraines that require medical emergency treatment are very serious. Another reason to dislike her.

  3. Travis says:

    Leave her alone. She’s as fit as the drunks and pill poppers and psychos we’ve had.

  4. Rabid Bat says:

    They’re piling on because they’re scared.

  5. Antoinette from Phila. says:

    The info about the staff turnover is interesting and disturbing. If that’s true, you’re right. It’s more important. Thanks for the heads up!

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